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Here’s how Microsoft judges a ‘highly secure’ Windows 10 device

Microsoft has revealed strict stipulations on the requirements Windows 10 running laptops and PCs must have if they’re to be branded as “highly secure”.

Microsoft set out the standards aimed squarely at hardware makers looking to use the latest version of Windows 10 on their devices.

“These standards are for general purpose desktops, laptops, tablets, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations, and desktops,” Microsoft said.

“This topic applies specifically and uniquely for Windows 10 version 1709, Fall Creators Update. Windows enterprise security features light up when you meet or exceed these standards and your device is able to provide a highly secure experience”

Requirements include the need for a 64-bit processor to handle virtual security features, machines with at least 8GB of RAM, and support for a Trusted Platform Module.

Microsoft also lists 7th generation Intel Core i processors as being up to scratch to meet the highly secure grade. This means that devices such as Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 4 are not considered to be up to the standard due to the use of 6th generation chips. Unsurprisingly, the newer Surface Pro does support all of the features required to be highly secure.

If you’re running a desktop or laptop with older chips and hardware, you don’t have to panic, as your machine is still likely to be secure but just not quite to the high standard Microsoft is setting for hardware makers.

But the new security standard does mean budget devices, such as those offering 4GB of RAM, will no longer be able to claim solid Windows 10 security, which could mean the minimum spec of affordable ultrabooks and laptops will get a bump up in the near-future.

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